On September 30th each year, thousands of people gather across Canada to remember the victims and survivors of residential schools as part of Orange Shirt Day. The annual event is a chance to have “meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.”
The event was inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad, who wore a bright orange shirt on her first day attending a B.C. residential school in 1973, but had the shirt stripped from her, never to be seen again.
“The colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing,” Webstad wrote on the Orange Shirt Day website. “All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”
Proceeds from sales of Orange Shirts this year will be donated to Alexander Elementary School in Duncan, BC.
ORANGE SHIRT DAY - EVERY CHILD MATTERS